There are numerous benefits to having healthy teeth and gums, and we discuss them regularly in our St. Helens general and cosmetic dentistry office. What also comes up often is the topic of brilliance. Patients want to know how they can avoid the pitfalls of tooth discoloration and how they can manage the radiance of their smile without having to have their teeth whitened frequently. We want to discuss some tips here.
About Professional Teeth Whitening
There is a reason why professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments sought today: it works. The value of a radiant smile extends throughout various areas of life, from dating and socializing to climbing the corporate ladder. Teeth whitening is a simple way to rejuvenate the face and makeover the smile. A white smile indicates youthfulness and goes so far as to portray a person as being more motivated, successful, and friendly. That’s a lot of value for a relatively minor physical feature!
When you have your teeth whitened by your dentist, whether you choose an in-office treatment or one you conduct at home, what you’re doing is setting a new baseline of radiance for your smile. This is why the first tip for a brilliant smile is to work with your dentist to establish that baseline. After that, it’s all about maintenance; and maintenance is as easy as mindfulness.
How Mindfulness Benefits your Smile
Mindfulness is a hot term used by individuals in the self-improvement industry. What could it possibly have to do with your smile? A lot, it turns out. When we create a habit of mindfulness, what we do is set our focus on a particular practice. That practice may be how we brush and floss our teeth (two minutes, twice a day). It may be how we care for teeth after we eat (rinse, don’t brush!). It may be how we choose to consume beverages (use a straw when possible). Where we place focus on oral care, we have an excellent opportunity to minimize discoloration.